Sexual Abuse

What is sexual abuse?

According to the UK Department of Health: "Sexual violence covers a wide range of abusive acts directed towards an individual's sexuality, including sexual assault, rape, sexual coercion, sexual bullying and female genital mutilation."

Are you a victim of sexual violence or abuse?

Any behaviour of a sexual nature which is unwanted and takes place without your consent constitutes sexual violence or abuse.

You may have experienced sexual violence or abuse either as a child or adult, from a partner, ex-partner, date, friend, family member, colleague, a professional you know or form someone you don't know. 

If an individual touches you in a way you do not want to be touched, makes unwanted sexual demands, hurts you during sex, pressures you into having unsafe sex (not using a condom), pressures you into having sex or has sex with you when you don't want to - these are all examples of sexual abuse, which is never OK!

Sexual violence and abuse is always wrong. There is specialist support available. 

Finding Support

Support for sexual abuse survivors is available through the following means:

Name Contact details
Nottinghamshire Women's Aid Website:
Telephone: 01909 491 330
Equation (support for all victims of crime) Website:
Telephone: 0115 9623 237
Rape Crisis (England and Wales) Website: Rape Crisis (England and Wales)
Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services Support Helpline: 0115 941 0440.
Mon-Fri: 10am-1pm, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-1pm
Website: Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services
Survivor Support Service (For childhood sexual abuse) 0115 947 0064, Option 2.
(Mon-Fri 9-17:00). 
S.H.E UK (For female survivors) Website: S.H.E UK
Telephone: 01623 622 916
Male Survivors Partnership Website: Male survivors partnership
Telephone: 0808 800 5005
Imara (For children, teenagers and families) Website: Imara
Topaz Centre Website: Topaz Centre
Telephone: 0800 085 9993 
Galop (LGBT+) Website: Galop (LGBT+)
Telephone: 020 7704 2040

Last Updated on Monday, November 27, 2023